Friday, July 11, 2008

At a loss

I received an e-mail this afternoon informing me that Patti Kaufmann had suddenly passed away.

Patti served on the board of trustees of the Rocky Mountain chapter for the Luekemia and Lymphoma Society. Patti was a cancer survivor of many years.

Patti's passion was the Light the night event. The Light the Night walks are really a community celebration. The walks are held at desk and participants carry either a red balloons(for hope), white ballons(for survivors) and this year they have added gold ballons(in memory of those that have left us too soon).

The Denver walk began as a pilot program in 1998 with very modest attendance. Last year the Denver walk site had grown to thousands of participants and revenue for the walks brought in over $700,000.00.

The Rocky Mountain chapter is on track this year to join the chapters that raise over one million dollars with the Light the night walks.

Patti was deeply committed to being relentless in pursuit of a cure for blood cancers. Her leadership, passion and enthusiam will be deeply missed by all of us that knew her and were privledged to be able to serve with her.

I just saw Patti at a board meeting three weeks ago. She was so excited about the walks this fall. We are all stunned by her passing.

Please keep Patti's family in your prayers.
We will continue to Light the Night with hope this fall for Patti, for Kelly, for Laiken and for everyone that needs hope.
Relentless for a Cure.

1 comment:

  1. I am so sad to hear this news. I too love Light the Night. I love the atmosphere, the lighted balloons are such a wonderful symbol of hope and love. I will pray for her family in these dark times, pray that they find comfort and light in the days and weeks to come.